You can be buried at sea by following strict rules – including ID tag on body
When we die, most people would expect to be buried in a cemetery or have their ashes scattered in a place they love.
But the law on burials is much more flexible than being buried in a conventional place.
How about leaving your body to rest along with the sea creatures?
You may think a burial at sea is reserved only for sailors or those in the navy.
But making your final resting spot the ocean is open to everyone – although there are some rules.
The Mirror says you must obtain a licence for burial at sea and different authorities grant this, depending on your UK location.
But a licence is granted on the ground that the body meets strict criteria. These include:
The body isn’t embalmed
The body is lightly dressed in biodegradable material
The body has a durable identification tag with the details of the funeral director.
And not only does it need to be in a certain condition, so too does the coffin.
According to the Gov website, the coffin must be made of a solid softwood and must not contain any plastic, lead, copper or zinc.
Anything other than wood risks harming marine wildlife, say environmentalists.
The coffin must also be filled with holes and have a heavy metal base to aid sinking.
It must also have weight distributed evenly to avoid bobbing up vertically – we want to avoid scaring any fishermen.
As well as the outer frame, the inner box or liner must be made from natural, non-toxic and biodegradable materials.
The whole thing must be able to withstand any impact and be able to carry the body quickly to the seabed.
Would you consider being buried at sea? Tell us in the comments.
For funeral notices in your area visit funeral-notices.co.uk
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